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Israel: ‘Superfood’ created out of blemished apples

Research conducted at Tel-Chai Academic College and the Galilee Development Authority have discovered it is possible to make high-quality apple powder with surprising nutritional benefits from second- and third-rate apples that otherwise would be wasted. So now blemished apples that used to be thrown away or sold to the juice industry for rock-bottom prices can be used to create a “superfood” powder.

Dr. Ofir Benjamin from Tel Chai Academic College and Prof. Raffi Stern from the Galilee Research Institute of the Galilee Development Authority, wanted to find a solution to the 15,000 tons of apples (some 10% of the annual yield) discarded each year in Israel due to appearance, size or falling to the ground before ripening. The discarded apples have traditionally been sold to the juice industry for a fraction of their value or even just thrown away.

According to an article by, Benjamin and Stern came up with a powder that is first grated and then freeze-dried with the addition of a very small amount of milk powder to prevent crystallization. The powder is intended as a healthy alternative to sugar to sweeten soft drinks and as a natural nutritional supplement. With 600 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams, it contains three times more vitamin C than guava and ten times more vitamin C than orange juice. It also has a high percentage of antioxidants and nutritional fibres, the researchers say, making it a ‘superfood.’

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